The accused, Muhammad Rizwan, who vandalised the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been granted bail, on Friday (today).
The Duty Judicial Magistrate Hasan Sarfaraz Cheema of Lahore District Court, heard the request of the accused of judicial remand.
According to the court remarked the charges against the were bailable.
However, the prosecution requested the court to send him to jail on judicial remand, but the court granted bail for a surety bonds of Rs50,000.
Earlier on August 14, the Punjab police have arrested a man for vandalising the statue of emperor Ranjit Singh installed in Lahore’s Shahi Qila. The suspect was believed to be a religious fundamentalist.
After the incident, the India’s Ministry of External Affairs released a statement, “Pakistani state has completely failed in its duty to prevent such attacks. This is creating a climate of fear for the minority communities to practice their faith.”
In response, the Foreign Office stated “it is highly hypocritical of a country that is purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination against its minorities to pontificate on the issue of minority rights elsewhere.”
Also, the statue had been damaged in 2019 after which two men were charged.